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From Your Regional Leadership

Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the ISCT spotlight on the Australia and New Zealand Region!

‘Down under’ may be a long way from North America and Europe, and we are certainly less populous than our near Asian neighbours but don’t underestimate our commitment to cell therapy and ISCT. Since 2009 we have offered educational activities in the region every year and we are committed to growing membership in both Australia and New Zealand through ongoing activities and expanding the location of our meetings to promote regional engagement.

Last year we are held our first TGA liaison meeting in Brisbane on 15 September 2017, and are working with our colleagues in the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia (BAA) to promote cell therapy within the sector through a presence at their meeting in Auckland 1-3 November 2017. Under a formal agreement, ISCT members are eligible for member registration rates at BAA meetings.

I’m excited that the ISCT 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Melbourne. It will be the first time since 2007 that the annual meeting is to be held in Australia, the 2013 meeting being held in Auckland. We look forward to welcoming you here.

ISCT meetings are the forum for cellular therapy clinicians, regulators, technologists, and industry partners to promote our shared vision to translate cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients' lives.


Janet Macpherson, PhD

ISCT Australia & New Zealand Regional Vice President

Development Manager, Cell & Molecular Therapies


Upcoming Regional Events

Past Events

BAA 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand

November 1 - 3, 2017

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BMTSAA - Sydney, Australia

Sunday, October 29, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Cheryl Hutchins, 
Vicki Antonenas, Annette Trickett, Marian Sturm

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TGA Liaison Meeting - Brisbane, Australia
September 15, 2017
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The ANZ LRA welcomes member comments on all submissions. Please send to



November Update - Click here

September Update - Click here

June Update - Click here

May - Revision of TGO 75 Standard for Haematopoietic Progenitor Cells Derived from Cord Blood - Click here

April Update - Click here

February Update Click here


December Update - Click here

August Update - Click here


ISCT 2019 Melbourne

Mark your calendars, ISCT will be returning to Australia for the Society's Annual Meeting in 2019!

May 29 - June 1 2019

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia


Congratulations to Zlatibor Velickovic, PhD from Sydney, Australia and Carrie van der Weyden, MBBS from Victoria, Australia, selected as International Scholars at the Cell Therapy Training Course held in Seattle from October 23-27, 2017! Click here to view




2017 - 2018 Regional Executive Committee Members

Janet Macpherson, PhD
Regional Vice-President 
June 2016 - June 2018
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Sydney, Australia
Ngaire Elwood, PhD
Regional Vice-President Elect
June 2016 - June 2018
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia 
Vicki Antonenas, BSc, MSc
Regional Secretary
June 2017 - June 2020
Westmead Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Cheryl Hutchins, BSc (Hons I), PhD

Regional Treasurer
June 2017 - June 2020
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Brisbane, Australia 

Dominic Wall, PhD, FFSc (RCPA)


Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
June 2014 - June 2016
Peter MacCallum Cancer Center
East Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Annette Trickett, PhD, MappSc, FIBMS


Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
June 2014 - June 2016
Prince of Wales Hospital
Randwick, NSW, Australia

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee: ANZ  Click here to view 


Past Meetings

November 12, 2016

Melbourne, Victoria

2016 Regional Meeting 
ProgramClick here

October 16- 17, 2015

Adelaide, South Australia

2015 Regional Meeting 
Program - Click here

November 9 - 11, 2014

Lorne, Australia

2014 Regional Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting

April 22 - 25, 2013
Auckland, New Zealand

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) Click here

October 30 – November 2, 2011

Sydney, Australia

2011 Regional Meeting

April 29- May 1, 2010

Bunker Bay, West Australia

2010 Regional Meeting

October 17, 2009

Adelaide, Australia

Australasia 2009 Regional Meeting 

June 24 - 27, 2007

Sydney, Australia 

 2007 Annual Meeting


Past Webinars

October 19, 2016 A New Dawn of Stem Cell Medicine or Unfettered Patient Exploitation? Lessons from Unregulated Clinics in Australia and Japan
August 21, 2014 Cardiac ANZ 
October 16, 2013 Generation of Antigen-Specific T Cells

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